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Enhancing Student Employability Conference

The ENHANCING STUDENT EMPLOYABILITY: Higher Education and Workforce Development Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham on 27th–28th January 2005.

The conference followed the pattern of other QHE International Seminars and included a mix of keynotes, facilitated discussion sessions and parallel papers. The three discussion sessions at the heart of the event revolved around the three themes of the Conference:

Theme 1: Embedding and integrating employability enhancement
Theme 2: Pedagogy and assessment
Theme 3: Working with employers

The conference was alsothe occasion of the ESECT Graduate Employability Awards presentation ceremony at the Gala Dinner.

Enhancing Employability – ‘The Graduate Employability Awards’

ESECT and The Independent invited applications for the prestigious ‘Graduate Employability Awards’. The ‘Enhancing HE Student Employability Award’ sponsored by ESECT recognised excellence in developing the employability skills of students within higher education.

‘The Independent Graduate Employee of the Year’ sponsored by The Independent Newspaper and The Independent on Sunday recognised the immediate impact of an individual graduate on the business, and the excellence of the employer in supporting the graduate within the workplace.


There were four keynote addresses.
The opening keynote, by Professor Lee Harvey (then of Sheffield Hallam University) set the scene, reflected on ESECT activities and outputs and suggested how employability in higher education has evolved in the last decade, pointing to international trends and differences. Presentation

The second keynote, by Professors Mantz Yorke (then of Liverpool John Moores University) and Peter Knight (then of The Open University) explored issues of pedagogy and assessment in relation to employability and fed into the second discussion sessions. Presentation

The third keynote, by Ian Ferguson, took an employer perspective on employability enhancement and addressed how employers perceive the changes in higher education, which related to the third discussion session.

The final keynote, by Pia Bramming of the Copenhagen Business School, reflected back on the discussions and identified the major issues and perspectives that resulted from the discussions.


Electronic versions of the following papers can be accessed by clicking on the link. Note these are .doc papers and will probably download without opening.

Parallel session 1
1a: Mark Atlay: Integrating Employability through Personal Development Planning
1b: Sue Drew and Simon Brown: Developing an Employability Framework: an institutional approach
1c: Laurence Howells and Helen Gibson: Enhancing Employability Through Lifelong Learning: a shared responsibility
1d: Tony Wailey: From Habermas to Dearing: State Sponsored Reflection for Employability
1e: Angela Maher and Kevin Nield: Enhancing Graduate Employability in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism
1f: Elizabeth Hatton and Terry Haines: Enhancing Student Employability through Regional Capacity Building

Parallel session 2
2a: Mimi Thebo: From Destination Garrett? - Employability and the Arts
2b: Shyi-Huey Wu: Employability and Effective Learning Systems in Higher Education
2c: Stephan Laske and Maximilian Egger: Enhancing Student Employability: higher education between Scylla and Charybdis
2d: Calbert H. Douglas: The Role of Work-based Consultancies in Teaching, Learning and Skills Development for Enhanced Student Employability
2e: Janet Kay and Damien Fitzgerald: Enhancing Employability for Early Childhood Studies Students

Parallel session 3
3a: David Baume: Monitoring and Evaluating Employability Ventures
3b: Geoff Hinchliffe: Graduate Employability: a need for realism?
3c: Laura Dean and Jane Stapleford: Embedding Work-Related Learning into the Curriculum to Enhance Employability
3d: Philippa Smith: European Framework for Work Experience
3e: Lelia Green: Developing a multi-input critical competencies and skills assessment tool which adds value to casual, temporary and volunteer work experiences
3f: Mick Betts and Pam Calabro: Graduate Skills and employability: an integrated approach to student development

Parallel session 4
4a: Neil Moreland: A Political and Moral Economy of Employability
4b: Deirdre Burke: Entrepreneurial Consultancies in Religious Studies
4d: Val Chapman and Helen Carlisle: Mainstreaming Disability in Curriculum Design: the development of a resource for academic staff through a HEFCE funded project
4e: Gudrun Myers: Embedding Employability: a holistic approach
4f: Martin Smith: Employability: connecting with employers, students and governments… an Australian tale

Parallel session 5
5a: Geoff Williamson: Enhancing Employability via Placement: a longitudinal perspective
5b:Graham Holden: BSc (Hons) Business and Technology: a case study in integrating and embedding employability
5c: Steve Bristow: Assessing Graduate Skills: the applicability of the Australian experience to UK higher education
5d: Jane Stapleford: Benchmarking Careers Education: support for enhancing student employability
5e: Deirdre Hogan and Eamonn McQuade: Competencies for Next Generation Employability
5f: Berni Dickinson, Sarah Gibbons, Liz Rhodes: SME Briefing Guide

Parallel session 6
6a: Margaret Davis: Integrating Personal Development Planning into the Curriculum
6b: Ashita Aggarwal and Irfan A. Rizvi: Making Academia-Industry Interface work
6c: Trish Lunt, Janet Strivens and Linda Evans: Developing an integrated and cohesive approach to employability: a case study from the University of Liverpool
6d: Robert Partridge: The York Award
6f: Stephen Isherwood: All Mouth and No Trousers?

Parallel session 7
7a: Mike Mortimer and Lyn Greaves: Work-based Learning and Student Learning
7b: Audrey Slight and Sue Bloxham: Embedding Careers Advice and Personal Development Planning into the Social Sciences
7c: Pat Green and Mary Keating: (L)earning for employability
7d: Stephen Allen: Measuring engagement between industry and higher education institutes in the construction sector